Blog / / 11.24.15

Study Calls for More Effective Use of Natural Resource Sanctions by UN

By Sentry Team A new study by the NGO Security Council Report calls for “more effective use of natural resource sanctions” by the United Nations. The report, which examines the history and effectiveness of current and past natural resource-related sanctions regimes, highlights the importance of recognizing “the significance of natural resource governance to conflict prevention […]

Blog / / 11.18.15

South Sudan Justice Minister Acknowledges Existence of Corrupt Government Officials

By Sentry Team South Sudan’s Minister of Justice Paulino Wanawilla recently acknowledged the existence of corrupt officials in the Ministry of Justice, as well as throughout the government. This is a significant statement highlighting the pervasive nature of corruption in South Sudan. In a recent article, the Sudan Tribune quotes the Minister as saying, ““I know in […]

Blog / / 11.09.15

UN: Corruption is Feeding and Sustaining Wildlife and Forest Crime

By Sentry Team The heads of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) recently released a statement emphasizing the role of corruption in feeding and sustaining wildlife and forest crime. “For the criminals to succeed, customs officials must […]

Blog / / 10.30.15

Sam Pa Detained but Shady Global Networks Still Need to be Dismantled

By Sentry Team Sam Pa, head of the shadowy Hong Kong-based syndicate known as 88 Queensway Group, is reported to have been involved in trafficking weapons, smuggling diamonds, and bribing high-level officials for oil concessions. Through these and other acts, Pa has helped prop up some of the world’s most abusive regimes, particularly in Africa. […]

Blog / / 10.21.15

Hard Currency Scarcity and the South Sudan Economy

By Sentry Team South Sudan’s ministry of finance has stopped selling hard currency to the country’s central bank. The advent of armed conflict, which broke out in December 2013, has reduced the production of oil, the country’s main revenue earner by 32 percent, affecting the overall performance of the economy. Subsequently, the value of the South Sudanese pound […]

Blog / / 10.20.15

UK Banking and Legal Services at High Risk of Exposure to Handling Corrupt Money: Govt Report

By Sentry Team The UK Treasury and Home Office released a report warning of the high risk of exposure to handling corrupt money that the country’s banking, accountancy, and legal services sectors face. It describes how the same factors that make the UK an attractive place for legitimate financial activity because of its political stability, advanced professional services […]